Giving Dogs A New Leash On Life...One Click At A Time
Today is: Wednesday January 17, 2018
Grooming Your Dog
Brushing your dog
Regular brushing helps to eliminate tangling and mats. It also allows you the opportunity to check for ticks, fleas, lesions, lumps, or changes in skin or coat. It is also a good way to bond with your dog. Brushing feels great to him and is very relaxing.
Different coats require different brushes. Slicker brushes have a bed of fine, closely spaced wires, that are usually bent or hooked. These brushes are good for removing mats, tangles, or loose hair. Wire pin brushes have a bed of pins that are straight. Sometimes the pins are tipped with plastic. This is the preferred brush for medium or longhaired dogs or those with curly or wooly coats. Wire pin brushes are also good for removing tangles, but can be uncomfortable for shorthaired dogs. Bristle brushes can be used on all types of coats. The longer the coat, the more widely spaced and longer the bristles should be. For coarser hair the bristles need to be stiffer. Bristle brushes leave hair looking sleek, smooth, and shiny. A bristle brush may be the only brush needed for shorthaired dogs.
Prior to brushing, you may want to spray on a detangling grooming mist, which will condition the hair and make brushing easier. Begin brushing with the slicker brush, to remove loose hair and tangles. For tough tangles, gently brush small sections at a time. Be careful not to pull or tear the hair, this is very painful. Brushing should be a pleasurable experience, so take your time. You should start brushing at the head and work towards the tail, use firm, but, gentle strokes. For thicker coats, first brush against the grain. Once the entire coat is brush, brush again following the grain. Use longer strokes for long hair and shorter strokes for short or wiry hair.
Hair mats can be very painful for your dog. Mats are often very firmly attached to the skin, so you must be extremely careful not to cut the skin when cutting off the mat.
You should begin by brushing out as much of the mat as possible. Be sure to take small, gentle strokes. You may want to buy special mat removing spray to help make this job easier. Some smaller mats can be removed by brushing alone. If brushing will not remove all of the mat, it will be necessary to cut the remaining mat out. Clippers, if available, would be better to use than scissors. When using scissors, it is best to use a fine tooth comb as well. This will help you for cutting the skin. Take the comb and slide it through between the mat and the skin. Once the comb is under the mat, take the scissors and cut the hair between the mat and the comb. When using scissors please remember to be careful and to take your time.
The best way to avoid getting mats is to have regular and frequent brushing sessions.
Trimming your dog's nails
nails are an important part of your dogs overall health and
well-being. Untrimmed nails can create a variety of problems
for your dog. In some cases, nails will curl and grow back
into his feet. This is extremely painful for him!
Untrimmed nails often times can get caught in carpets and be
accidentally ripped out of his paw.
Unless your dog has ear problems or spends time swimming, ear cleaning only needs to be done every few weeks. Clean the outermost area of your dog's ears with a cotton ball that is slightly dampened with either water or baby oil. To clean the inside of the ear you must use an ear-cleaning solution.
Warm the bottle of ear-cleaning solution between your palms. Then, squirt the specified amount into the ear canals. Gently massage the base of his ears. Remove any dirt, wax, or excess solution with a dry, clean cotton ball. Do not insert anything into the ear canal. This can create damage to the canal.
--not a substitute for--
professional veterinary care!